EnviroTuesday - “Terrestrial Landscapes in a Changing World: Global Change Impacts on Ecosystem Ecology”

9:30 AM  - 11:00 AM
Tuesday Nov 14, 2017
Olin-Rice Science Center 350

Speaker:  Dr. Christine O’Connell, Environmental Studies/Biology Ecology Candidate

Terrestrial ecosystems are experiencing two related global change impacts: climate change and widespread land-use/land-cover change, much of which is driven by agricultural expansion and management.  This presentation investigates two case studies in order to ask the question:  How will terrestrial global change impact ecosystem ecology?  First, Dr. O’Connell will explore the ecological consequences of agriculture in the Amazon rainforest.  For a second case study, she reports the effects of the severe 2015 Caribbean drought on below ground nutrient cycling and soil greenhouse gas emissions in a wet tropical forest in Puerto Rico.  As global change continues, determining how to utilize dynamic landscapes while minimizing ecological disruption will be key to sustainability.

Refreshments provided.

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Sponsored By: Environmental Studies, Biology

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